Inspired by a vintage pocket chronometer of its own making (a piece out of Bovet owner Pascal Raffey’s private collection), Bovet has unveiled a set of mighty fine looking “19Thirty” models which are the foundation of an entirely new collection for the manufacture.* Inspired by the early 20th century period “when watches overwhelmingly migrated from pockets to wrists”, the 19Thirty Collection also is significant as it is brand’s first range of steel watches.* This is an interesting move for Bovet which until now has been an ultra-exclusive and ultra-expensive purveyor of haute horlogerie…a sign of the times at the highest echelons of the market, perhaps.
The collection is characterized by two distinct cases which measure in at 42mm x ~9mm: the more traditional DIMIER case as seen up top, and the Fleurier case seen below, whose crown and bow at 12 o’clock recall the origins of BOVET:
In addition to the two cases available in steel, collectors can also select a black, blue or ivory dial with Arabic, Roman or Chinese numerals, historically present on the dials manufactured by BOVET.
The watches are powered by an entirely new, in-house caliber done by the watchmakers and artisans at DIMIER 1738 (a sister company to Bovet which does all its movement development and manufacturing).* The single barrel, hand-wound mechanical caliber*15BM04 has a robust a seven-day power reserve and is visible through an sapphire caseback.* It has beautiful symmetry and finishing (Bovet does an impeccable job in this area) and looks every bit as exquisite as the dial side of the watches.
Darn nice looking watches, I’m curious to see where they price out.

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